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Updated on January 16, 2017
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Swollen Feet and Swollen Ankles

Swollen feet or swollen ankles can be caused by poor circulation in the legs, but there can be an underlying health problem that will cause your feet to swell as a side effect. Not only can your feet swell but you may also experience puffy ankles, joint pain and occasionally, numbness.

I have recently discovered how inconvenient and disrupting it is to suffer from swollen feet and painful ankles. My problems started when I went on holiday only to discover that the hotel that we had been booked into, was right on the top of a hill.

This meant either walking down a very long road, or taking a short cut down steps with a very steep descent that involved at least four hundred steps. suffice to say that the going down was not the problem, it was the coming back up. Obviously if you are in your twenties and thirties it would probably have been fine. At first I found that after a few days of this exercise, my legs felt quite solid and the muscle seemed to be bulking up nicely. On returning home I noticed that my feet and ankles had become very swollen.


So what causes our feet to swell? In this article we will take a comprehensive look at why we get swollen feet and swollen ankles. As you will see, the problem can vary between an inconvenient swelling, to a more deeply rooted medical problem.

SO IS POOR CIRCULATION RUINING YOUR LIFE?

First of all we have to take a look at why we get bad circulation and swelling. In my case it was my own fault because I decided to ruin my muscles by thinking and acting like a teenager climbing up four hundred very steep steps. But of course there are many reason why your feet and legs will swell up and your circulation will feel sluggish and painful.

1.Hypertension. Hypertension is common in middle age and elderly people. It is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits building up along the walls of arteries, making them harden and feel much more constricted. The circulation of your blood becomes much more harder to pump around your legs, hence the swelling and pain.

2.Varicose veins. poor circulation can be caused by these very painful and unsightly veins seeming to bulge out to the side of your legs and, if knocked, can bleed quite profusely. This can be very dangerous and if this occurs, must be dealt with straight away at the hospital as it can cause all sorts of problems. Varicose veins are caused by a loss of elasticity in the vein walls, caused by cholesterol plaque again, and eating the right foods and taking enough exercise should help to keep these at bay for as long as possible.

3.Buergers disease. Buergers disease is a common illness caused by smoking. it is a chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in your legs and feet. So the earlier you stop smoking, the better!

4.Peripheral arterial disease. Known as PAD. This is a very serious problem with blood flow to the arteries caused again, surprise, by plaque getting into your veins. This is a form of Atherosclerosis , which is a leading cause of death and involves all the major arteries of the body. The problem starts when you are involved in any form of exercise or exertion. Because the blood cannot be carried around your body, along with the extra oxygen you need to perform any sort of physical activity, you will become short of breath, and your legs will swell causing pain or aching, sometimes even cramping and tired, but this will be in the legs and not the joints. The most severe form will cause tissue necrosis which means that the oxygen cannot reach the legs or the feet, and the tissue will die.

5. Thrombosis or embolism. I think we are all aware of these, but if you are not, I will give a short explanation. Thrombosis or embolism occurs when a blood clot forms within a blood vessel, obstructing the flow of blood around the Circulatory system. This can be lethal in that if the blood clot travels to the heart or the lungs, death will occur.

So, you can see that there are many forms and reasons why we suffer Poor Circulation. But the question is, what can we do about it?


Herbs for Circulation

There are many herbs, that you can use for circulation. Below is just a few that I found to be familiar names that we can all buy quite easily.

Onions, Garlic, Ginger, and Ginko biloba are just a few that are very good for circulation of your legs and feet. Ginko biloba is in fact sold specifically for that reason. Cayenne itself is also very good, it stimulates the heart, regulates blood flow and and even more importantly strengthens the arteries and capillaries. Great stuff. So along with a daily dose of Ginko Biloba, which is also an anti inflammatory, these herbs all help to improve the blood flow, which in turns supplies more oxygen to the heart and lungs and if this wasn't enough, makes you breath more easily! Also it reduces cramps in the legs and cleans the blood! So when you decide to go for a run, you will be able to breath better, not get cramp, your legs will not swell like a mutant lemon and you won't bruise so easily if you fall over! Can't be bad, can it?


Feet circulation spa's not just for women
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Circulation Boosters and electronic feet massagers

Circulation Booster v3. This is a relatively new machine that is great to boost your circulation while you are sitting at a desk or at home.

How does the Circulation Booster work?

Electrical impulses stimulate the nerve endings in the soles of your feet, and the muscles in your lower legs. This makes your calf muscles visibly contract and release, which improves your circulation. It has specific programmes to treat all conditions. The bonus is that as it is remote controlled, you can just sit back and relax while it does all the work.

There are also a number of feet and legs massage machines to improve your circulation, which come in all shapes and sizes to fit into your lifestyle. See Below.


So there you have it. If you feel that you need to boost Circulation in your legs because of pain or swelling, there are so many ways to help you overcome this problem. The trouble is, when you have so much pain in your legs, you don't actually want to go out walking to alleviate the problem because it just causes more pain. So Hopefully I have pointed you in the right direction to getting some relief. I have actually started to take Ginko Biloba because for me this sounds like a very special plant. I will be adding to the list of magical properties on another hub, because I believe it is worthy of lot more attention.

Swollen feet can be a symptom of more serious conditions, so if you are not sure what is causing your feet to swell please go and see a Doctor, as this can be a sympton of Kidney disease or Heart Problems.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi DeBorrah, thanks so much for reading, and glad you liked it, nell

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 3 years ago

      Nell Rose, Great informative hub on "swollen feet." No doubt it is important to seek a resolution to encourage healthy ciculation! Thank You for sharing, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Wiccan, oh I am so sorry you have this, I just had to go and look it up, I had never heard of it before, I don't mean to push you to read my latest but go and take a look at my beetroot hub, its got all about a woman who was ill in a wheelchair who took beetroot and something else she is now fine, and the docs said she wouldn't get better that quickly, good luck, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks DabbleYou, yes bad circulation is a real pain and can cause all sorts of trouble, glad you liked it and have a great weekend, nell

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I have got to increase my circulation. Since August I've been in a wheelchair-- not because of my legs, but because of my lungs due to sarcoidosis. So basically I can't walk more than a block or two without getting low oxygen, arrhythmia, etc. So the wheel chair is all well & good for my lungs, but my legs are like longing to be used and I can't even exercise heavy because I get out of breath too quickly. I'm totally gaining weight, it sucks. I try to do a lot of stretching and yoga throughout the day on and off, and I move around the house ever hour or two just to get up and move. Now I'm thinking of investing in a circulation machine, maybe it'd help.

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      DabbleYou 3 years ago

      I didn't know swollen feet are caused by poor circulation, thanks to this hub. Also, I have always encountered Ginkgo Biloba but didn't know what it is for. :)

      Thanks for a nice informational hub. :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks ologsinquito, I hope it helps, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Midnight, that is such a great idea, and I am so glad you found it helpful, have a wonderful weekend!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      My mother sometimes gets swollen feet whenever she flies. That foot spa you featured looks really nice.

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      Haydee Anderson 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Great hub! I have a friend who is a quadriplegic and he is interested in stimulating blood flow in his lower extremities. Although I like all ideas presented, the compression leg massager, in particular, is the perfect gift. Since his birthday is around the corner I saved your Hub and will visit you again soon. ; ) ~ Thanks.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks midget, I hope it really does help your mother in law, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, I am glad Dave's treatment is working, the diuretics are pretty good, and yes elevating the feet really does help, please send him my good wishes, thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Forwarding this to my mother in law, who has the same problem.This should help her! Thanks for sharing, Nell!

      Plused and Tweeted!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dave has edema is his feet due to his latest treatment. It seems to be getting better with diuretics and potassium pills. He also keeps his legs elevated when possible. Thanks for sharing the additional tips Nell.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Futamarka, I have no idea why you have written about criminality in America, and yes I translated it from the Russian, so its gone into the spam folder, I suggest you write a blog yourself.

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      Morryinjeri 4 years ago

      We helpful to receive at the top of life nevertheless recently I've piled up any weight.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Thelma, glad you liked it, nell

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      This is a very informative hub. I have not yet experienced (I hope not) swelling feet and legs but I my legs cramps sometimes. I´m taking since then magnesium and eating bananas everyday. It helps. Thanks for sharing this hub. I´ll pass it on to my sister who is suffering from swollen feet and legs. Voted up and SHARED.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks larry, and for the added information, it does seem that exercise and in his case the supplements certainly helped your father, anything that helps is a real bonus, thanks as always, nell

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell. Your hub gives a lot of great pointers for people with foot and ankle issues.

      My late father was diabetic. Toward the end of his long life, he lost all sensation in his feet, because of clogged blood vessels, which is a fairly common complication of diabetes.

      The complications arise because Type 2 diabetics experience a paradoxical situation, in which they have too little insulin and too much insulin in their systems at the same time. How so?

      Type 2 diabetes stems from low insulin receptor sensitivity. The daily insulin injections are sufficient for them to regulate blood sugar, and to keep them alive from day to day. But the injections cause the insulin concentration to be much higher than in non-diabetics. And this is what causes the various complications.

      Anything that one can do to boost insulin receptor sensitivity should be helpful for quality of life. The best-known way to accomplish this is to do as much aerobic exercise as possible every day, while fine-tuning the insulin dosage. My father monitored his blood sugar very carefully, and titrated his insulin injections.

      Although my father never got serious about exercise, he did take supplements, including vanadyl sulfate. This decreased his insulin requirements by about half. Seafood is a good natural source of vanadium, but the quantity in a typical serving is much less than in the supplements.

      Voted up and more.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi mary, yes I do believe that kidney problems cause swelling too, I remember my legs became very bloated at the top when my kidney was playing up, painful stuff, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You wrote a great Hub that will benefit people with poor circulation. I have never been bothered by this, thank goodness. I think kidney problems will cause the feet to swell, too, Nell.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi elanger, thanks for the added info, I will do that, its a great idea, nell

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      elanger333 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      This is a great hub. Its also helpful to take extra vitamin C for your inflammation - this is from both personal experience and research. Take ester vitamin C with bioflavinoids. Good luck!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi midget, thats great! I hope it really helps her, varicose veins can be so painful, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi vocalcoach, you poor thing, that must be so painful! thanks so much, and I hope it can help you in some way, good luck with the ginko biloba, and thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Will share this with my Grandma, Nell, she thanks you for writing this! She's suffered from varicose veins for many years. Thanks for the write, voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Nell - I've read your hub and all the comments and I have to say you have helped so many people! What a terrific lady you are. I'm so blessed to know you through hubpages.

      My poor feet! God bless them. I have neuropathy (I think) - at least I was diagnosed with it from a foot specialist. However my internest declares that I don't because it seems that its diabetes related. Whatever - I've been in pain for years. Nothing - and I do mean nothing gives me relief except for non-steroidal rx and I hate taking meds. So, I shall try ginko biloba and see if it helps. In any case, this is a magnificent hub and I thank you dear Nell. Sharing on FB etc.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thank you shara, I am glad you found it helpful, I do know what you mean, I worked for eight hours a day in an office too, it can be a nightmare, thanks so much nell

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      Thankyou so much Nell for providing this valued information......bcoz of the duration of my office work that's 8 hrs long....and sitting continuously for the nature of my job, sometimes i get my feet & ankle swelled up, that is very inconvenient....though i go with leg massage & yoga way but its a time taking phenomina and of my busy schedules i cant afford much time for it..... hope your hub will help me in getting rid of the problem more effectively in a better way ! .....God Bless You!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi blessed, yes that's exactly what happened, your legs will retain water and your feet will swell. If you are on a long journey whether it be by plane or bus you should always get up and walk around for a while, or get the bus to stop so people can walk about, if the legs stay still for too long it can cause blood clots. On a plane its advisable to take an aspirin to thin out the blood so it avoids the clots, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Vicky C. 5 years ago from New England

      Once when traveling by bus for a long period of time, many people on the bus trip could not even put their shoes back on. Their feet got swollen and my feet was swollen too. I don't know if it was because we were on a bus for so long.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Whom, if you buy Ginko Biloba it should say either on the packet or on the box, if you take medication always ask the Doctor before you take it, okay? Magnesium is good for swollen feet, but must be taken properly, too much may be dangerous, just ask your doctor or pharmacist okay? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Whom 5 years ago

      How much Ginkgo Biloba a day to take. Also, what about taking magnesium for feet and leg swelling?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Nicol, if its just one of your feet that keeps swelling, you should go and see your Doctor. There are many other reasons why your feet swell apart from bad circulation, for example you may have a trapped nerve, or an underlying illness, so the best idea is to get a blood test and check out your overall health, okay? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nicol 5 years ago

      Hi there one of my foot has been swelln for some yrs nw what can I do its hard for me to wear certain shoes nd im a teenager

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Jess yes I agree, never read anything from the internet unless its from a Doctor, or someone who is actually going through it themselves. As I mentioned always see a Doctor, I wrote about what happened to me, and I do research everything I write too, from medical books in the library to tablets and treatment that I have, my answer to reading stuff on the internet is, always read at least two or three different versions, and only doctors or nurses guides, and of course hubs, because we have to make sure that what we write is true, or as near as we can get, sorry to hear about your high blood salt, it may sound like a small thing, but believe me, when you suffer from a very high thyroid caused by a tiny hormone, small salts and hormones are not to be dismissed, good luck and don't forget to drink lots of water and eat healthy, thanks for reading, nell

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      Jess 5 years ago

      This was more helpful and realistic than MANY articles I've read about the subject of swelling.

      A word from the wise - don't do too much research on the internet about this. Just go see a doctor... Yes, exercise helps a good bit... but self-diagnosis can be terrifying, especially when the internet tells you that you probably have congestive heart failure or liver cirrhosis. Terrifying.

      I ended up in the emergency room recently, thinking I was going to literally die... turns out I just have high blood salt - which isn't fantastic, but it is at least mostly reversible.

      I've been having swelling over my entire body, and I'm only 25 years old... but I'm a software student... so I don't have a lot of time to walk or cook healthy meals. Gonna have to find the time, though. Software does you no good if you're dead!

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      marhia 5 years ago

      Im so out of shape im 27 and my legs always hurt...im making an appoiment with dr because om scared...I loved every single word u put out here.. I notice I havericose gains that could be the reason ... thanks

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      leana 5 years ago

      Vicks is good for coughs. Put it on ur feet and put socks on at night.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, doug, sorry to have taken so long to answer, the best thing to do is get your wife to the doctor or even straight to the hospital. the point is it could be anything from a virus, DVT or a number of other problems, I am not a Dr. so I really shouldn't give advice about anything that could be serious. Saying that, don't panic, it may just be something simple, but with your wife's history it is best to go straight to the experts, and please make sure your wife does go, I know it can be frightening to have anything like this, but she will feel much better when the doctor has seen her, okay? good luc, and if you have time, come back and let me know so I can add it to my article, every bit of information helps, thanks nell

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      doug 5 years ago

      Im worried about my wife,she is 33,she has been having swelling in her lower leggs,ankles and feet,also she has been in pain all over her body for the last two days and has been very restless and says she feels like she is having a panic attack.We have been married for 12yrs and she never complains about anything ever,she had cervical cancer removed 11yrs ago,she hasn't been to a doctor since,any ideas what could be wrong,she is very scared and this is very unlike her,I am also very stressed over this1 thank you for any advice!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, sizwe, I don't drive, but my friend always swears by a pair of slip on shoes, maybe the ballet type? she always keeps them in the car, so whenever she gets out she can change them back, it could be the fact that because you are sitting down and exerting pressure on your feet your ankles become swollen with water, try the soft shoe idea, its a sure way of keeping your feet more flexible and with the ballet shoes your feet have more room to move, okay? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      sizwe nzima 5 years ago

      hi im sizwe , a student at U.C.T and i would like to ask how does your feel after driving a car with your normal shoes on because my feet get painful and swollen ,sometimes i get blister

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Sam, thank you for your great ideas, I always take Aspirin when I fly, and try to walk around the airplane quite a lot, saying that I have only been on my longest flight for five hours, but that still should help. its a good idea to do exercise, anything to get the blood circulating, definitely worth investing in the food and exercise, thanks so much nell

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      Sam 5 years ago

      All are interesting comments.

      Most of it is manageable. I also experience swollen feet about 2 years ago. Since then I have managed the problem. This is what I do.

      Take a blood thinner (Cartia) at least 5 days before I start travelling. Continue to take it while travelling and 5 days after arriving home. The day before and even the day you get on the plane for a long flight just do some exercised (cycling or jogging works for me). If the hotels have a gym I use it otherwise I take a small stretch machine with me. Take of my shoes as soon as I settle down on my flight. I have just done a European trip from Sydney via Kuala Lumpur and Colombo. No problems other than a mild cold. Investing time and effort on good food and exercise brings a very high return. It's worth it.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sue, that's a great idea! I remember when I went on a plane I was so restless all the time I kept walking about too! Another good idea for a long plane journey is to take an Aspirin before boarding, this thins the blood out and prevents blood clots. Obviously only take one if you are not on other medication that will interfere with it, thanks!

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      Juliette Kando 6 years ago from Andalusia

      I always used to get swollen feet when on a plane. To stop it happening I take my shoes off and do ankle circling, walk about on long flights as much as possible and put my feet up when I can. Massaging the feet and ankles also helps.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, DzyM, I am so sorry that your husband was ill, it must be terrible for him. I didn't realise that it would cause so much trouble for his legs, of course I understand that they had to take the veins to repare his heart, but its such a shame that it has taken such a toll on his legs, thank you for reading, and thanks for the votes, cheers nell

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hi, Nell--

      Very well-done article. I must say, you did your research! My husband is a heart patient who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery back in 2001 (they did a QUINTUPLE bypass at that time!!) But, he now has quite severe foot/ankle/leg problems just in the left leg--which is the leg from which they 'stole' the veins to repair the heart.

      Unfortunately, that resulted in very poor circulation to that leg and foot, and not much can be done about it. In fact, it caused his already flat feet to totally collapse on that side, and he is in near constant pain. Elastic support socks do help, but they are no substitute for not having such a problem in the first place. :-(

      He cannot take herbals, particularly the Ginko, because of potential drug interactions with the medications for his heart.

      So, before taking anything, you should consult with your doctor....(not that many of them know much about holistic/herbal/alternative remedies--they are too busy pocketing kickbacks from the major drug companies!)

      Voted up, interesting and useful!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jlava, glad it could help, I find that the hotter the summer the more my feet swell, luckily they seem to be fine now, but there are loads of different reasons why they do swell, maybe you should do an exercise routine in the house? I do every day, I use the kitchen worktop to do press ups, and high kicks etc, great for the circulation! lol thanks again nell

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I work from home and as a result do not get much exercise. I'm starting to notice this is becoming a problem. Thanks for the helpful information! Hope that the Ginko works for you.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, michelle, thanks very much, I am glad you found it helpful, stop by any time, thanks nell

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      michelle reid 6 years ago

      This is my first time here , but very informative and I am definitely going to try this . Thank you very much .

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, lyric, that sounds like a nightmare, I wish that America would do the National Health Service like we Brits do, we have had it since the 40s, and never have to pay anything! apart from prescriptions of course, but even that has gone in Scotland Wales and Ireland, apart from good old England where we subsidise everybody! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      This is great info Nell and well worth a vote up. I have bad pains in my feet and they remain swollen. I have had all kinds of issues with them for as long as I can remember. Im just 28, but I have broke them multiple times because of football, ankles that is. They constantly hurt, but no insurance, no dr visit. :(

      Will try this tonight. Any relief would be worth it. Sure do appreciate the advice Nell. Great hub that is well written. Take care dear.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Madiha, you could have water retention, if you see your GP he may suggest water tablets, but you can buy them at a health store, these will have cucumber as an ingredient as they are really good for water retention, but dandelion is also very good, if you go into a health shop they will be able to point out the best remedy, but remember to see your GP first as you could have an underlying infection or another problem, even a bad thyroid can cause swelling, okay? good luck! cheers nell

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      Madiha 6 years ago

      i am 25 years old and i am getting to much swelling in my whole body, just becoz of swelling i am looking fat also, kindly tell me something so that i may look better

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Susan, that's exactly when my feet swelled up too! something about the heat, I had never had it before, but taking warm baths and then soaking my legs in freezing water did help a bit, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, moonlake, that's awful! it seems that doctors take no notice of anybody these days! I hope you are well now, take care nell

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I have neuropathy in my feet. I have to take a medication for that.

      My husband had poor circulation in his feet and legs and had to have stents put in.

      When I was 37 I had swollen feet so bad that when I went on a trip with friends I could barely walk. Doctor said here take these water pills never looked for why my feet were swollen. When I had a heart attack a year later they knew then why I had swollen feet. To bad they thought I was young and stupid and wouldn't listen to me. They could have saved me from having the heart attack.

      Great Hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My ankles and feet started to swell last summer, but only when there was a heat wave. When I talked to my doctor about this he told me to start wearing elastic stockings. Since they only swell in the summer I did not pay any heed to purchasing the stockings since I wear flip flops and sandals all summer. I found your article very interesting and useful as I did not realize all the problems that poor circulation can be caused from.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks Susie, nell

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      SUSIE42 6 years ago

      Good information. thanks

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, spsingh, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      spsingh 6 years ago from iwebeffects.com

      wow useful i must suggest to my friend thanks nell!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, fetty, I had a friend on Warfaren it is good for the disorder but it does put me off a bit knowing it is used for rat poison! lol she also used it for blood clots too, I am glad it was helpful, thanks nell

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      fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Extensive information, what a wonderful hub! I have recently been dealing with one swollen ankle and blood clots etc. I am on Warfaren and not happy about this. I have had two excellent physicians and I do have a family history of blood disorders. You have covered every area and have offered solutions in such a positive manner. Great hub.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, guys, thanks for reading it, sorry it took so long to answer I was away for a few days, thanks nell

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      diseas 6 years ago

      Thanks good article very informative post really beautifull

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great info that enlighten me more to know when poor circulation is ruining anybody around me life.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Nell for sharing that information oh how poor circulation can cause health related problems. I am in my late twenties but I still found the information you have shared to be very useful. Voted UP and rated USEFUL

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Citra, thanks for reading it, herbs are really useful but of course always see a Dr. first to make sure it is safe for you to take them, okay? cheers nell

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      alwayzzcitra 6 years ago from Palembang, Indonesia

      Very informative post! I really liked it. I never knew that herbs can actually improve circulation. It's good that they're actually are easy to find.

      Citra

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, kim, thank you so much, I am glad you liked it, I hope the info is helpful to you, cheers nell

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      very well thought article and well written. Lots of helpful information. Nice how you always respond by commenting. Nice writing style also.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Millenium, that's the trouble with me, I shake salt over everything! I only get swollen feet in the summer, so maybe that is something to do with it? I will have to learn to cut it out a bit! I love salt! lol thanks nell

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      Millenium 6 years ago

      "obviously if you are in your twenties and thirties it would probably have been fine. " isn't that the truth LOL!

      Great article. My brother has one of those electronic feet massagers you mentioned and he loves it. He has some varicose vein issues.

      I recently had swollen legs and had a hard time getting up but I attributed it to eating a couple of bags of salty potato chips and the like. It went away after a few days and I stopped the salt intake.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, sureal, thanks for reading it, I always found that mine got worse in the summer. swollen feet have many causes, so it is best to check with a Doctor, but I would imagine that it is probably something to do with the weather, I know that mine was, it was the heat causing them to itch and swell. But it is best to be careful. Thanks again nell

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      sureal07 7 years ago

      Wonderful article. I used to have swollen feet and noticed it got worse during the winter. I knew it had to do with poor circulation but didn't know it could be related to the heart.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Tina, my legs always swell in the summer! I was in agony this year, because of the amount of heat! not that I am complaining! lol thanks again nell

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Nell, My legs swell when I sit at the computer too long. There are a lot of good tips here will try. Thanks

      Tina

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, stormigrl, thanks for reading it, I don't really have any medical qualifications so always check with your doctor before doing anything new or taking something, but I do have an idea for your legs in the morning, when you are still in bed, lay on your back and raise your legs, and try a few gently exercises, twisting your ankles around and pointing your toes. Do this for about 5 minutes, and when you get up after your bath or shower, maybe get a bowl of cold water and place your feet in it for a few moments. I find this is great, I usually do it when I am putting on my makeup! perfect timing! hope it helps. I don't really know about a good meal plan but I am sure that someone else on here will have the answer, just google your question in the search box and add the word hubpages at the end, that's what I always do when I want to find out something and read it from hubpages, good luck! and take care nell

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      stormigrl 7 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      Wow this is really informative.

      I just question something though. I am an overweight person (without diabetes) and I do walk about 15 mins to and back from work. I usually feel really good and some days I do a power walk (because I'm motivated then)

      I find I get swollen legs in the morning. I don't understand it but I will say this I had surgery in my more prodominant swollen leg (left) for bunionectomy (sp?) and currently still have tendinitis (heard it will take awhile before that goes away) grr. But is there anything else I could or should be doing to motivate my leg to reduce swelling at night or mornings?

      Friendly advice is welcomed. If you know of good meal plan ideas for losing weight I'm totally game.(interested)

      Thanks a million :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, PR_am, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      PR_am 7 years ago from Oregon

      Great health tips. Thanks for sharing

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, events, thanks for reading it, and I am glad that I wrote it in a way that was okay to understand, I know what you mean, sometimes it is quite difficult to get past the technical terms when someone writes something, so I do it just like I would talk it! lol thanks so much nell

      Hi, Ign Andy, I am glad to know that Ginko Biloba works, of course they use it for the brain, I forgot that, thanks for the reminder, and I am glad you like the foot massager I have used one and they are great, cheers nell

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      I should know Ginko Biloba has great affect on foot circulation, since it help on memorizing as well (better blood circulation for brain).

      Every once in, I usually do foot massage using those U comfy foot massager, very relaxing.

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great article. Ginko Biloba is great. I had never heard of a circulation booster. Your articleis easy to read and understand.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Shalini, I know, I remember my legs swelling badly when I was pregnant, I felt like a waddling duck! lol thanks so much, cheers nell

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Nell - thanks for a very informative hub! That machine up there looks like a great idea! So many people I know suffer from it - and as Nellieanna says, pregnancy is one time when a lot of women seem to have this problem.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Melissa, thank you so much for commenting, You certainly seem to have held on to your sense of humour though, the granny panty hose from yuck land! lol I am so sorry for your troubles and good luck with the hospital I hope it gives you a bit more relief from your pain, and if anything here does help you then it has been worthwhile writing it, thanks again nell

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      Melissa Nesbit  7 years ago

      Thank you, I suffer from small veins thanks to genetics add on top of that a car accident that damaged both legs. I am always looking for ways to keep the sweeling down. vitamin B12, leg elevation, Granny Panty hose from yuck land that are 30/40 compression, Now on Tuesday I am having to go visit the hospital for an Imblasion (sp) where they cut off a shallow vein due to the issues that it has caused. So as you can see I am always looking for ways to help the sweeling. You have given me some to try.

      Melissa

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, valerie thank you for reading it, and commenting, cheers nell

      Hi, sid, thank you so much for reading it and your kind words I really appreciate it, cheers nell

      I would just like to say that I will be over to read your hubs and comment but there seems to be a glitch with the comment boxes at the moment, apart from our own, I think that Maddie is on to it, okay? thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Patdmania, thanks for reading it, I quite agree with you, I don't drive so I walk everywhere, down the street every day, and to work, and it does seem to help after walking for a while, thanks again nell

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      sid_candid 7 years ago

      This is a common problem face by many people. Thanks for writing a wonderful hub with useful information.

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      valerie miller 7 years ago

      Good article great points

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      patdmania 7 years ago from waterford, mi

      As a paramedic, i see swollen feet everyday. Lasix is always prescribed for it, however i believe rehab is the most effective way to treat. You have to get up and use your feet. People that are in wheelchairs, bed bound, or not active seem to get it the most. If more people with swollen feet would get up more and use them, more blood would flow through giving more circulation.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Jean, thanks for commenting and welcome to hubpages, sorry it took a while to get back to you. I am so sorry about your wifes troubles, and I hope this hub will help you, but obviously make sure that your wife asks her doctor before she starts to take ginko biloba as I have no idea of her medical condition and it might be detremental to her other tablets, but thank you so much nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, E. Welch, thank you for your info, luckily for me, I have a blood test frequently for thyroid so it has been covered by that as well, but that's great info, thanks and welcome to hubpages! cheers nell